Monday, August 29, 2016

The Media and the 2016 Campaign


The media may have given up its role as a major player in presidential campaigns, and that could also mean less coverage of local, city, state and federal government.
The event that most will blame for whatever follows is the decision to give so much free time to Donald Trump, though some change should have been expected. The Republican not only was allowed to talk for hours, usually without questioning, but the news shows that followed spent much of their time discussing what Trump had to say.
Trump clearly believes any news is good news. Only time will tell if that can win a national presidential election. Even if he loses, there is no guarantee the media will be able to return to its major role in choosing our governments.
Polls
If Hillary Clinton wins, it will be after what many call a “front porch” campaign. Critics are attacking her for refusing to hold a single traditional news conference. Polls suggest this tactic is working.
Presidential news conferences have been declining in general since after World War 2.
There are fewer journalists assigned strictly to politics as the print media, like news conferences, also is in decline, leaving fewer to press for traditional news conferences.
Much of what voters get to see is panel discussions of political journalists, often joined by “surrogates,” people chosen by candidates to promote their campaigns.
It shouldn’t be assumed that either candidate’s approach will automatically work. The Internet has made it possible for people to inform themselves. Whether they will is another question that has not been answered.
Age often determines where people get their news. Social media is popular with millennials, but newsmakers are reaching out to all age groups. TV remains a major source, but many Americans get their news from a variety of sources.
Political parties will continue to be involved in determining who gets selected to run for elected offices but party loyalties will likely to have to adjust to the evolving mood of electorates influenced by how their performances are judged.
Outsiders like Trump will find it more difficult in future campaigns to get so much free coverage but they will no longer be novelties.

Both Trump and Bernie Sanders, who gave Clinton a surprisingly tough fight, focused on rallies that sometimes drew thousands but were not coupled with traditional ground games.
This year’s race is not over yet but is edging towards predictability with Clinton leading in the polls and possessing a much stronger traditional get-out-the-vote ground game. Their hopes for down-ticket gains are growing.
MSNBC’s popular Morning Joe’s Joe Scarborough, who earlier had given Trump considerable free coverage, wrote:
“Friday started as it usually does: an early wake up call, an interview with the next president of the United States and a hateful personal attack from Donald Trump. Such is life during these dog days of August in a nasty presidential campaign not even near its ugly end.
“These days, a rudely out-of-bounds Trump attack surprises Mika and me about as much as a puppy relieving himself on a living room rug. “We’ve figured out by now that it does no good to lose your cool with the puppy or Donald Trump, since neither have and control over their bladder or mouth.
As Aristotle famously said, “It is what it is.”








Saturday, August 27, 2016

Where Does Trump Find All These Creeps?


Sometimes it seems a campaign day doesn’t end without discoveries of flaws in top staff hired by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.
And not only are the people picked controversial, Trump also seems to be waiting to near the end of the race to fill important jobs.
Trump had fired his field director in April.
TV show journalist Rachel Maddow compared Trump’s decision to not name a new field director until this week to meeting “your spouse for the first time on the curb” outside your wedding.
Maddow also was stunned that Trump picked the only person fired by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie for the New Jersey “Bridgegate Scandal.” Christie, who already works for Trump though he remains governor, was accused getting revenge against a mayor who had refused to support by creating a false construction zone on one of America’s busiest bridges.
“The Fort Lee lane closure scandal, also known as the George Washington Bridge lane closure scandal, or Bridgegate, is a U.S. political scandal in which a staff member and political appointees of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (R) colluded to create traffic jams in Fort Lee, New Jersey, by closing lanes at the main toll plaza for the upper level of the George Washington Bridge,” according to Wikipedia.
“The incident was investigated from a few possible motives. The prevailing theory was that the lane closures were retribution against Fort Lee's Mayor Mark Sokolich (D) for failing to endorse Christie in the 2013 gubernatorial election. That motive was alleged by federal prosecutors in May 2015, in charges against Bridget Anne Kelly, former Deputy Chief of Staff for Christie, and Bill Baroni and David Wildstein, both of whom had been Christie-appointed officials at the Port Authority. Wildstein pleaded guilty. The indictment charged that the three conspired to commit fraud by illegally exploiting Port Authority resources for political ends. Investigators had also examined other possible motives,” Wikipedia said.
Trump this week named Bill Stepien as field director of his get out the vote campaign. The York Times said Stepien was fired for his role in “Bridgegate.” The scandal ended Christie’s presidential campaign, but he latched on with Trump.
Last week Trump’s former campaign director, Paul Manafort, was replaced when he was accused of having ties with the Kremlin.
Clinton campaign director Robby Mook had accused Trump himself of refusing todisclose deep financial ties that potentially reach into the Kremlin, which could influence his foreign policy decisions. None of this is being disclosed.”
Maddow, who has begun her Trump “personnel scandal of the day” on her MSNBC show, said the hiring of Stepien was “not even remotely the scandal of the day.
Media outlets were reporting scandals involving Stephen Bannon, the former editor of the rightwing “Breitbart” website.
“Barely a week into the job, Donald Trump’s new campaign CEO is already facing harsh scrutiny over a 20-year-old domestic-violence charge and an allegation of voter-registration fraud.
“On Thursday night, the New York Post and other outlets reported that Stephen Bannon was charged with misdemeanor domestic violence, battery, and dissuading a witness in 1996, after an altercation with his then-wife in Santa Monica, California.” the Atlantic reported.
“Early Friday morning, Guardian US added its own bombshell: Bannon and another ex-wife are registered to vote at a vacant house in Florida, a key swing state. That registration could be a violation of election laws, representing voter fraud,” the Atlantic added.
Within hours he had been accused of anti-Semitism.
Newtekworldnews reported in detail about Trump’s ties with Brexit leader Nigel Farage, now one of the most unliked personalties in Britain because he helped lead the campaign to get out of the European Union.
“Farage joined Donald Trump on stage in the USA this week.
“Mr Farage was touted as something of a hero to the American people; the man who enabled we British people to take back our country but “that is bunkum.
“There were candidates from all political parties representing the Brexit and the BRemain camp.
“But the BRexit camp used huge lies, whoppers in fact, to win over voters.
“And there were plenty of people who voted leave for many reasons and needed no political persuasion.
“The UK is currently in a sort of no man's land. “It is still an EU member but with a majority of people voting to leave the EU the proverbial has hit the fan and continues to do so.
“The value of the pound is in freefall. The country waits and waits and the future looks vague at best.
The Guardian reported: “What a thrill to see new life breathed into the buddy demagogue movie in Jackson, Mississippi, on Wednesday night. You only had to look at Nigel Farage’s little face to see how thrilled he was at the chance to play the Danny Glover to Donald Trump’s Mel Gibson. As for Trump, he was all over Nigel’s cheap suit like a cheap suit.”
For those who want a deeper, inside look at Trump himself and his friends, read “The Making of Trump.” It details his ties and friendships with mobsters and politicians.



Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Colin Powell Caught Lying Again







Colin Powell was a major force in  starting the war in Iraq in 2003 with lies about Saddam Hussein’s possession of Weapons of Mass Destruction. It cost the lives of 4.424 Americans and many more Iraqis. There were no WMDS.
Now Powell is telling the nation he did not urge Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to use private email.
He claims Clinton is trying to “pin” the blame on him for the email trouble she faces.
Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, who preceded Powell, says she “explicitly remembers overhearing Powell advising Clinton that utilizing private email does make the job of Secretary of State easier.” She heard the conversation at a dinner party of secretaries of state.
 “Clinton claims she also got an email from Powell recommending use of private email.
“The journalist Joe Conason first reported the conversation between Mrs. Clinton and Mr. Powell in his coming book about Bill Clinton’s postpresidency, “Man of the World: The Further Endeavors of Bill Clinton,” which The New York Times received an advanced copy of.
“Mr. Conason describes a conversation in the early months of Mrs. Clinton’s tenure at the State Department at a small dinner party hosted by Madeleine Albright, another former secretary of state, at her home in Washington. Henry Kissinger and Condoleezza Rice also attended.
“Toward the end of the evening, over dessert, Albright asked all of the former secretaries to offer one salient bit of counsel to the nation’s next top diplomat,” Mr. Conason writes. “Powell told her to use her own email, as he had done, except for classified communications, which he had sent and received via a State Department computer.”
New York Times
Powell has been accused of lying in 2003 when he told the United Nations that Iraq had WMDS.
The Huffington Post explained in detail how Powell lied.
“As much criticism as Powell has gotten for this — he calls it ‘painful’ and says, ‘I get mad when bloggers accuse me of lying’ — it hasn’t been close to what he deserves. That’s because there’s no question that Powell was consciously lying: he fabricated ‘evidence’ and ignored repeated warnings that what he was saying was false.”
Look at Powell’s record.
“Powell got one of his first big boosts in the military by attempting to whitewash the My Lai massacre in Vietnam. He participated in the attempted cover-up of the Iran-Contra scandal.”
Whatever Clinton did or did not is tiny compared to what happened in Iraq under Republican leadership. And no one was held responsible.

















 #mylai #powell #clinton #iraq #iran-contra




Colin Powell Caught Lying Again

Colin Powell was a major force in  starting the war in Iraq in 2003 with lies about Saddam Hussein’s possession of Weapons of Mass Destruction. It cost the lives of 4.424 Americans and many more Iraqis. There were no WMDS.
Now Powell is telling the nation he did not urge Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to use private email.
He claims Clinton is trying to “pin” the blame on him for the email trouble she faces.
Former Secretary of State Madeline Albright, who preceded Powell, says she “explicitly remembers overhearing Powell advising Clinton that utilizing private email does make the job of Secretary of State easier.” She heard the conversation at a dinner party of secretaries of state.
 “Clinton claims she also got an email from Powell recommending use of private email.
“The journalist Joe Conason first reported the conversation between Mrs. Clinton and Mr. Powell in his coming book about Bill Clinton’s postpresidency, “Man of the World: The Further Endeavors of Bill Clinton,” which The New York Times received an advanced copy of.
“Mr. Conason describes a conversation in the early months of Mrs. Clinton’s tenure at the State Department at a small dinner party hosted by Madeleine Albright, another former secretary of state, at her home in Washington. Henry Kissinger and Condoleezza Rice also attended.
“Toward the end of the evening, over dessert, Albright asked all of the former secretaries to offer one salient bit of counsel to the nation’s next top diplomat,” Mr. Conason writes. “Powell told her to use her own email, as he had done, except for classified communications, which he had sent and received via a State Department computer.”
New York Times
Powell has been accused of lying in 2003 when he told the United Nations that Iraq had WMDS.
The Huffington Post explained in detail how Powell lied.
“As much criticism as Powell has gotten for this — he calls it ‘painful’ and says, ‘I get mad when bloggers accuse me of lying’ — it hasn’t been close to what he deserves. That’s because there’s no question that Powell was consciously lying: he fabricated ‘evidence’ and ignored repeated warnings that what he was saying was false.”
Look at Powell’s record.
“Powell got one of his first big boosts in the military by attempting to whitewash the My Lai massacre in Vietnam. He participated in the attempted cover-up of the Iran-Contra scandal.”
Whatever Clinton did or did not is tiny compared to what happened in Iraq under Republican leadership. And no one was held responsible.


























 #mylai #powell #clinton #iraq #iran-contra




Colin Powell Caught Lying Again

Colin Powell was a major force in  starting the war in Iraq in 2003 with lies about Saddam Hussein’s possession of Weapons of Mass Destruction. It cost the lives of 4.424 Americans and many more Iraqis. There were no WMDS.
Now Powell is telling the nation he did not urge Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to use private email.
He claims Clinton is trying to “pin” the blame on him for the email trouble she faces.
Former Secretary of State Madeline Albright, who preceded Powell, says she “explicitly remembers overhearing Powell advising Clinton that utilizing private email does make the job of Secretary of State easier.” She heard the conversation at a dinner party of secretaries of state.
 “Clinton claims she also got an email from Powell recommending use of private email.
“The journalist Joe Conason first reported the conversation between Mrs. Clinton and Mr. Powell in his coming book about Bill Clinton’s postpresidency, “Man of the World: The Further Endeavors of Bill Clinton,” which The New York Times received an advanced copy of.
“Mr. Conason describes a conversation in the early months of Mrs. Clinton’s tenure at the State Department at a small dinner party hosted by Madeleine Albright, another former secretary of state, at her home in Washington. Henry Kissinger and Condoleezza Rice also attended.
“Toward the end of the evening, over dessert, Albright asked all of the former secretaries to offer one salient bit of counsel to the nation’s next top diplomat,” Mr. Conason writes. “Powell told her to use her own email, as he had done, except for classified communications, which he had sent and received via a State Department computer.”
New York Times
Powell has been accused of lying in 2003 when he told the United Nations that Iraq had WMDS.
The Huffington Post explained in detail how Powell lied.
“As much criticism as Powell has gotten for this — he calls it ‘painful’ and says, ‘I get mad when bloggers accuse me of lying’ — it hasn’t been close to what he deserves. That’s because there’s no question that Powell was consciously lying: he fabricated ‘evidence’ and ignored repeated warnings that what he was saying was false.”
Look at Powell’s record.
“Powell got one of his first big boosts in the military by attempting to whitewash the My Lai massacre in Vietnam. He participated in the attempted cover-up of the Iran-Contra scandal.”
Whatever Clinton did or did not is tiny compared to what happened in Iraq under Republican leadership. And no one was held responsible.